Warm and windy Friday

Nov 18, 2015 10:37 PM by Kris Kuyper

Wednesday was a pretty quiet day around the North State, and we'll see that again tomorrow. Warmer & windier on Friday, but MUCH colder next week!

High pressure is holding firm over California, and not allowing all that rain from the Pacific Northwest to drop southward to us. Another surge of moisture will try to move into the North State tomorrow, but most of the showers won't make it over the border from Oregon. High pressure strengthens Friday, warming us up... although the north winds will pick up as well. Look for 30 mph gusts in the Valley Friday, which will diminish Friday night, leaving us with a mild weekend... very nice!

Next week looks much different. A COLD storm will drop southward from the Gulf of Alaska, bringing us a few scattered showers on Tuesday, then a light rain on Wednesday... although amounts do not look very impressive. Perhaps 1/4" for the Valley... not much. But the cold air with this storm is VERY impressive! Snow levels will drop to near 3500' Tuesday afternoon, and down to at least 2500' by Wednesday... perhaps even lower! Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the year, and most mountain passes in northern California will see snow Wednesday! If you're going to travel through the mountains for Thanksgiving, prepare for winter conditions.


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